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Make your own playlist with Tampa Bay's summer concert stars

Lorde did not disappoint with her sophomore album, Melodrama. It has been nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy. She will be in concert in Tampa on April 11. (New York Times)
Lorde did not disappoint with her sophomore album, Melodrama. It has been nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy. She will be in concert in Tampa on April 11. (New York Times)
Published Apr. 6, 2018

There are more than 50 major concerts in Tampa Bay between now and Labor Day. How can you begin to choose?

You can't. You have to settle on one, maybe two, three if you're a real passionate showgoer with deep pockets. Consult Jay Cridlin's robust 2018 Spring Concert Preview for some help deciding.

Maybe you'll be there for Justin Timberlake like a true early 2000s devotee (or you'll take your kids, the resident Trolls fans). Maybe you're all about Lynyrd Skynyrd's swan song. Maybe you'll even drive to Orlando to see the queen and king, Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

But just because you can't be in the seat at every single show doesn't mean you can't jam with everyone. Just comprise a little playlist based on Tampa Bay's top tours. It's easy. I'll start.e_SClBTennis Court, Lorde

So many moody vibes to choose from when it comes to the 21-year-old New Zealander, who kicks off the concert season in Tampa on Wednesday. But this bored teen bop is perfect to play in the background of your party.

Raise Up, Petey Pablo

In college, I worked in a CD store (remember those?) in a mall (remember those?) and got obsessed with this grunty banger, an ode to North Carolina. I kept playing it overhead in the store until my manager finally said something. Take your shirt off! Twist it round your hand! Spin it like a helicopter! e_SClBKiss on My List,
Hall and Oates

It's the ultimate feel-good Publix song. You inevitably hear it while cruising down the bread aisle, sandwiched between Jon Secada and Air Supply.

No. 13 Baby, Pixies

Everything on Doolittle is a solid choice for your playlist (except Silver, don't write me). My fave Pixies song has always been this one about California street gangs that sounds like a hot summer love letter.

Praying, Kesha

In the era of #metoo, perhaps no song is more relevant. After Kesha's legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of sexual assault and emotional abuse, this raw anthem felt like a catharsis.

Don't Rock the Jukebox, Alan Jackson

Is there any better country music than early 1990s country music? Or do I just feel this way because my mom was listening to a lot of it in the car? Either way, this is a classic.

Freedom, Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar

This playlist hit combines two summer concerts, Bey in Orlando and Kendrick in Tampa, in one inspiring, pulse-pounding track.

Big Me, Foo Fighters

A weird, whimsical, dare I say, under-appreciated Foo Fighters song. Because the Foos eat Mentos in the video, fans once took to stoning the band with the chewy mints on stage. Don't do that in Tampa. They don't like it.

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